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Chateau du Four de Vaux
Billericay, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

What a pleasure to stay in this lovely hotel. The owner was most welcoming and helpful. The room with it turret bathroom was a delight. Breakfast was very good and the attention to replenishing the buffet was very good.

I have read some adverse comments about the chateau in terms of lack of facilities. From a careful read of the website I knew what to expect. We always travel with a travel kettle and coffee so we were no inconvenienced in any way. How much better to stay here rather than in an anonymous chain hotel on a trading estate.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Edgartown, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We booked this at the last minute during our travels in France. It was a wonderful find! The young man who welcomed us was so helpful, friendly and accommodating. We explored the grounds, including the enchanting chapel which is being restored by the owners. Sat by the pool in the sun, though it was a bit too cool to swim. Our host went out of his way to make suggestions for local restaurants and sites in Nevers, and the next day helped us plan our route to take maximum advantage of the Loire Valley castles during our limited time before we had to leave France. The breakfast was ample and delicious. We would definitely return!

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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London
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

Almost exactly halfway between Calais and the Med is this most beautifully restored Chateau, the reception was warm and friendly and the rooms charming and spacious, The grounds are well maintained adding to the overall experience, There are top quality local eateries (The Bengy) to complete your stay. Ask to see the Chapel in the grounds about 300 meters away, a great venue for a marriage. The delightful main town of Nevers is about 6 kms away. You will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Found this quite by accident as we wanted a change of route from our normal "top to bottom" trip of France. Will make it a regular now as it is soooo delightful and so special and magical.
The area needs to be explored too as it is such a wonderful wine region !

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Lymington, Hampshire,England
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307 reviews
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Reviewed 28 October 2013

When going through the gates the Chateau is beautiful. An absolute picture postcard of a classical French country house. The grounds are spacious, well laid out and in summer the swimming pool would be absolutely delightful..

Ample parking at the front of the house, but quite a lot of steps up to the main entrance door. No problem for me but a disabled person might find it hard work.

The entrance doors are equally beautiful with old glass in the windows.

But then the hall is just not inspiring - with a desk, a computer etc. but not many pictures or other decorations to give it atmosphere. The door to the sitting room on the left hand side opened to show a modern music sound system (which played anything from baroque to the owners choice of heavy jazz and blues) and a wine cooler. This sort of clashed with the period decor. There were comfortable period chairs & tables so if one wished one could buy a bottle of wine or soft drinks and sit and relax. But somehow the decor and atmosphere just didn't hang together with the beauty of the building. And not everybody wants alcohol anyway - a Nespresso machine would be good. It could all have been hidden in the breakfast room.

To get to our room we again had stairs - no problem for us and the owner Berend got our bags from the car and carried them up to the room. So bonus points there.

Our room was large and very comfortable with a big wardrobe and a desk to work at but it didn't have a chest of drawers or hooks in the bathroom - storage was a bit of an issue. It was incredibly peaceful - We could hear the owls calling at night and not much else. When away from home we normally sleep better with twin beds but we slept well in a big king size bed with really comfortable sheets and blankets. The bathroom a bit small and constructed in the space formed by one of the circular towers at the corner of the chateau. There were one way windows all round - we could see out, nobody could see in. The shower was really efficient and hot water ample although there was risk of water spilling onto the floor away from the shower cubicle. There was a big TV screen and international TV channels opposite a very comfortable sofa. The wifi was slightly erratic. But to get to the room one had to go down a rather drab hallway - slightly dark and not many pictures or other bits to improve the decor.

The breakfast was good - nice coffee, excellent fresh bread & croissants, nice cereals and fruit. But again somehow the breakfast room lacked atmosphere.

Berend was really helpful as regards booking a local restaurant (not easy on a monday when most are closed).

It is such a shame that the initial beauty of the hotel was somehow lost (to me anyway) in the way the interior has been decorated. I would be the last to want to see it lose its period charm but somehow I felt that so much more could be done.

As a bed and breakfast it was fine. The peace and tranquillity of the Chateau were great (especially after our previous stop in the centre of a town with church bells all night). It would be great to go back in the spring.

Room Tip: Quiet room overlooking the swimming pool.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

I stayed here for a race weekend at the nearby Magny Cours race track. While the area/landscape is certainly not worth the trip, I can highly recommend this hotel. It is an absolutely lovely 19th century chateau that oozes character and charm. You obviously cannot compare it to purpose-built modern 5 star hotels with air conditioning, standard room lay-outs and state-of-the-art bathroom fittings. Instead you love the details and time-less feel of exquisite antique furnishing and paintings. The castle’s exterior and the superior double rooms are just classy. When was the last time you had your own bathroom tower? All the basics incl. cleanliness, service and price are spot on. The very helpful receptionist spoke perfect English. Needless to say parking is free in the park right in front of the entrance.
I love ultra-modern 5* luxury hotels but if I had the choice I would always choose the character and feel of this unique Chateau hotel experience.

Room Tip: Get yourself a superior double - slightly more expensive but simply fantastic
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Timisoara
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Everything was as, or more than expected: perfect domaine (lake, chapel, huge garden, nice swimming pool etc). The staff was very kind and helpful. Nice lobby and breakfast room. The room (superior double) was out of words, we had the bathroom in the donjon with 300 degree perfect view and 8 windows!! Do not imagine a huge bathroom, small but best ever seen!!!
Charming breakfast. Very nice region with history and winery everywhere...

Room Tip: superior double donjon bathroom
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chateau du Four de Vaux
Address: 65 rue Daniel Bollon, 58640 Varennes-Vauzelles, Nevers, France
Region: France > Bourgogne-Franche-Comte > Nievre > Nevers > Varennes-Vauzelles
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Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Varennes-Vauzelles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:1 star — Chateau du Four de Vaux 1*
Number of rooms: 7
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